Karnataka High Court deems HD Revanna bail order flawed

The Special Court for People’s Representatives on 13 May granted conditional bail to Revanna in a kidnapping case.

BySouth First Desk

Published May 31, 2024 | 10:59 PMUpdatedMay 31, 2024 | 11:00 PM

HD Revanna after being released from jail.

The Karnataka High Court on Friday, 31 May, observed that the order of a special court granting conditional bail to JD(S) leader HD Revanna had errors in it.

The Special Court for People’s Representatives on 13 May granted conditional bail to Revanna — son of JD(S) supremo and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda — in a kidnapping case related to the alleged sexual abuse incidents involving his son and Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna.

Revanna and his accomplice Satish Babanna were booked by cops in a case registered at the KR Nagara Police Station in Bengaluru on 2 May for kidnapping a woman who was allegedly sexually abused by the Holenarasipura MLA.

Based on the complaint, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the alleged sexual abuse cases of Prajwal arrested the JD(S) MLA from Deve Gowda’s residence on 4 May.

Also Read: Bengaluru court sends Prajwal Revanna to 7 days of SIT custody

HC’s observations

The SIT filed a petition before the high court seeking the cancellation of the bail granted to HD Revanna.

Special Public Prosecutor Prof Ravivarma Kumar, representing the SIT, argued that the lower court had made an error in applying Section 364(A) of the IPC in the case.

He contended that the court awarding the conditional bail was a perverse decision.

After reviewing the trial court order, Justice Krishna S Dixit stated that the order appeared to be flawed in its interpretation of the legal provision and issued a notice to Revanna.

The next hearing in this case is most likely to come up before the court on 3 June.

Meanwhile, HD Revanna filed petitions before the court seeking to quash both FIRs registered against him.

Revanna has been booked on charges of sexual violence and kidnapping. This petition is likely to be heard on 2 June.